Release Date: Updated May 3, 2012
Seller: SnipSnap App LLC
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch (3rd generation), iPod Touch (4th generation), and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
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TiP Rating: 4/5 Stars
App Store Description:
Toss out the scissors and let your iPhone camera do the clipping. Simply snap a picture of any printed offer, and SnipSnap magically converts all the text, images and barcodes into a mobile-optimized offer, which you can redeem off your screen.
Gather up all the coupons you have lying around. Whether they’re from the Sunday paper, the mail, or just ones you found buried in your purse or couch, SnipSnap will mobilize them in a matter of minutes. When you get to a store, pull up the coupon barcode, promo code, or photograph and present to the cashier to redeem.
Never forget a coupon at home again. Ditch the scissors and de-clutter your wallet. SnipSnap Coupon App digitizes your coupons for easy in-store savings. The only thing missing is support for grocery/manufacturer’s coupons.
Couponing has almost become an extreme sport these days. But saving money doesn’t mean having to spend hours cutting and organizing. Similar to CardMunch, which scans business cards and imports them into your contacts, SnipSnap Coupon App scans your coupons and stores them on your phone. So instead of wandering the store with a wad of coupons in your grasp, everything is neatly stored on your phone.
With SnipSnap you can scan coupons found in newspapers, flyers, magazines, and so on. If you’re an extreme couponer, the scanning process could take a while since you’re only able to scan one coupon at a time. And don’t worry about lining everything up perfectly, you can use the app’s crop tool after you’ve snapped the picture. However, it’s important that all of the text is right side up and readable — re-snap blurry images.
SnipSnap will scan everything, including any images, barcodes, and important text. This way, you’ll know exactly what the coupon covers. The app will also alert you when an expiration date is approaching so you don’t miss out on any deals.
If you don’t have any coupons, you can use the app’s Discover tab to see what other users are snapping. Find something you like? Just tap the Snip It button next to each coupon to add it to your collection. All of your coupons are organized below the Coupons tab. You can also sort them by favorites and ones that you’ve already used. If you’re in a sharing mood, you can send coupons to friends through Facebook, Twitter, or email.
To redeem in-store, find the coupon you’d like to use from your list and open it so that’s the only offer you see on your screen. From there, tap Redeem and a large barcode will appear for easy scanning — show this to the cashier. You can switch between the barcode and the actual photo of the coupon (in case there’s a promo code or something). SnipSnap also features an in-store reminder system that will deliver a push notification when you enter a store that you have coupons for.
The company is careful to point out that it uses Apple’s approved method for location tracking. It focuses on major changes in location, such as moving between different cell phone towers. It doesn’t seem to drain your battery either, but if you’d rather not have it track your location, you can disable it through the Settings screen.
Currently, SnipSnap works at most retail locations, restaurants, and local businesses, including Target, CVS, McDonald’s, and Kohl’s. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support grocery or manufacturer’s coupons — although it is expected in a future update. Each coupon also features a success rating so you can see how successful other users have been in redeeming it. It’s recommended that you rate each transaction so SnipSnap can see where improvements need to be made.
Getting started is incredibly easy. You can sign up with Twitter or Facebook, or skip that step entirely. SnipSnap is well laid out and extremely user-friendly. My only complain (aside from the lack of support for groceries) is that some coupons are difficult to work with. For example, Target’s coupons have the image and details on the front of the coupon, but the barcode is on the back. When I scan the barcode, I have no idea what the deal is for when it appears in my coupon list. If SnipSnap can figure out a way to insert both front and backs of coupons — similar to how Chase accepts fronts and back of checks — that’d be great.